It seems like there’s always a party going on in Venice Beach. Actually, there probably is a party always going on at Venice Beach. Either way, there are few better places to experience both LA and the Fourth of July.
All of Venice’s iconic haunts will be even more energy-filled than usual, so make sure to block out an entire day to explore the city!
Things to do in Venice Beach for 4th of July
Electric Light Parades
Only in Venice Beach will you see the Electric Light Parades. Typically put on every Sunday, the group is doing a special ride on the Fourth of July to commemorate the holiday.
The parade starts at 8:00 PM, and they ask everyone to wear festive clothing—and their helmets, of course. Head down to the parade and watch as brightly lit bike wheels go past you as the cyclists head on over to Marina del Rey.
Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach
Visit the iconic Muscle Beach and see who will be crowned the next Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach! Athletes and models will compete in categories like physique, bikini, vintage swimsuit, and more.
If you want to compete, sign up is the morning of the fourth from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Don’t feel like posing in front of strangers? If you just want to watch, the final, exciting show starts at 1:00 PM.
South Jetty (Venice Pier) Fireworks Show
The City of Venice will be putting on a firework show on the Fourth of July starting around 9:00 PM from the South Jetty! The show will last about 30 minutes and is free to attend.
The South Jetty and Jetty Jacks Refreshment Stands won’t be open during the show for safety reasons. But, you can easily view the fireworks from other parts of Venice, like on local city beaches from Nokomis to Caspersen or at outdoor restaurants and bars.
If you want to watch the show from your boat (we get it, you’re cool), you must anchor up by 8:15 PM. The Venice inlet will be shut down from 8:30 PM until 45 minutes after the show is over for safety reasons.
Where to See Fireworks in Venice Beach
Venice Beach Fireworks
- Address: Ocean Front Walk and Windward Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90291
The main beach in Venice, Venice Beach goes from the Venice Pier over to the border shared with Santa Monica. The beach is already a popular spot for people to hang out during the day, so you’ll want to get there early enough to watch the fireworks show.
Spend some time at the iconic Muscle Beach or watch the street performers as you wait for the show to start. After the show, you’ll be close to restaurants and bars to continue the celebration.
High Rooftop Lounge Fireworks
- Address: 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
The only rooftop bar in Venice Beach, High has a laid-back attitude with 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Venice.
Reserve a spot at their Fourth of July event, where you will not only be able to see the fireworks but also get to enjoy a DJ set and sip on cocktail and beer specials.
The cost is $50 to get VIP premier outdoor seating for the show. Alternatively, sit in the lounge area based on availability.
Burton Chace Park Fireworks
- Address: 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
No matter how young or old you are, everyone loves seeing the fireworks go off over your head to the synchronized music spectacular at Burton Chace Park.
Sitting on a hill overlooking the marina below, you will love the great views in front of you as the sun starts to set and puts on a dark backdrop for the night’s show.
This can be a busy venue to watch the show. But you can also find many families, pets, and food vendors here, making it a complete night.
Fisherman’s Village Fireworks
- Address: 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Experience a classic New England Fourth of July in Marina del Rey at the Fisherman’s Village. This replica seaport puts on free live music every Saturday and Sunday and is the perfect spot to mosey while waiting for the fireworks to start. Parking is available and has a daily max of $8.00.
This is a great option for those with young children and if you want to casually watch the fireworks while window shopping or having a sit-down meal.
Tony P’s Dockside Grill Outdoor Patio Fireworks
- Address: 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
One of the most boisterous and fun places to watch the firework show is at Tony P’s Dockside Grill. Tony P’s has many local accolades, including best family restaurant, best bar food, and best beer selection.
Tony P’s has the perfect outdoor eating section to watch the sunset over the Pacific and gear up for an awesome show! Enjoy some top-rated American BBQ or a plate of fish and chips with a beer. Call and make a reservation to make sure you get the best view on the patio.